July 20, (THEWILL) – A soldier has been killed in Tuomo community, Burutu Council Area of Delta State, following a clash between military men and suspected pirates.
An aide to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on political matters, Austin Ozobo, confirmed the attack.
“Yes, you know Tuomo has a military checkpoint. Some sea bandits came on a 150 Horsepower speedboat at 10:30p.m and attacked the military men”, he said.
A community source said the soldier and two of the pirates were killed in the clash.
THEWILL gathered that the suspects, who came on a speedboat, planned to loot an armoury at the military checkpoint in the area.
The pirates were said to have opened fire on the soldiers who swiftly returned fire.
A soldier and two members of the gang were killed, while a fleeing pirate was arrested.
In a similar incident few days ago at Egbema kingdom, some soldiers and four members of the Egbema Peace Corps, were killed by suspected pirates led by an unidentified ex-militant.